Synopses & Reviews
A new American tall tale from the author of Your Body Is Changing
and The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure
in which giants, whales, and robots abound.
A giant strides this land. A giant who builds robots, sweats mescaline, and kisses like a dream. From the rocky coast of New England to the golden hayfields of Stockton, California, he searches for America's greatest treasures. You might recognize him by the twinkle in his eye or the lustrous derby hat perched on top of his boulder-sized head.
But for a dude who has it all, he sure seems sad a lot of the time — what's up with that? And what exactly does he plan to do with all of those wonderful treasures, besides cart them around the country in his enormous red wagon? Is there someone, a beautiful lady named Glorious Jones perhaps, who has asked him to gather the bounty of America in order to prove his love for her?
There's no way to know, unless you buy Jack Pendarvis' awesome new novel and read it. Or have someone read it to you. Either way, laughter, wisdom, and good times are guaranteed!
"In his overly cute debut, author Pendarvis channels a hapless giant named Awesome who spends his days constructing robots, discovering a variety of uses for his bodily fluids and looking for those who will accept him. After having no luck with a group of teenagers who beat him to a pulp, and little luck with a Beluga whale he courts at the aquarium, the giant meets new neighbor Glorious Jones. Cut to their wedding a few pages later, where the giant botches his vows and is left at the altar. A madcap trek to prove his love and win back his fiance ensues. While Pendarvis keeps the conceit furiously spinning, it's not enough to sustain the book, which fails to negotiate the perilous line between faux nave and overly cute. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The story is so over-the-top that savvy readers should pick up on its inherent playfulness and recognize it for the satire that it is. Others will just be irritated and offended." Library Journal
"Readers who like their fantasy on the lighter side will appreciate Pendarvis laugh-out-loud wordplay and outlandish scenarios." Booklist
"Awesome isn't an easy book to read. It's best sampled in small bursts (or downed all at once while drinking scotch). Many of the handles that help one grip a novel...aren't present. But it's worth the trouble." San Francisco Chronicle
"The book is not only a detailed account of the day-to-day life of a 50-foot-tall man, but a blend of literary references...and lowbrow comedy. It is also, at its heart, a love story." Time Out New York
"[A] shaggy dog story of a novel, unconstrained and wonderfully inventive." New York Observer
From the celebrated short-story writer comes an original novel in which whales, giants, and robots abound.
About the Author
Jack Pendarvis lives in Atlanta. His work has appeared in McSweeney's, The Believer and the Oxford American, and he is a contributing editor to Paste Magazine. His stories have been anthologized in the 2006 Pushcart Prize anthology and elsewhere.